December 22, 2010
Revised oxygen system blamed for W.Va. plane crash
By The Associated Press
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Federal investigators say a modified oxygen system is the probable cause of a fatal airplane crash in West Virginia last year.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot made improper changes to the single-engine Cirrus SR-22’s system. As a result, he was deprived of oxygen and became incapacitated.
The plane crashed July 30, 2009, in a remote wooded area in Jackson County. The pilot, 61-year-old William Huff of Indiana, was killed.
Huff was returning to an airport in Indianapolis, Ind., from Nebraska when air traffic controllers lost contact after giving him clearance to descend. The plane continued flying until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
The Parkersburg News reported the NTSB’s findings Wednesday.